165 posts • joined 26 Jul 2007
Bunch of Quacks!
Ducks have a penis like a screw, nearly as long as its body. It's TRUE!
Re: Not quite
T-mo has a family plan through Walmart that is unlimited, however they kick you down to 3g if you go over the cap. I get my single phone for $30 a month, but with only 100 mins talk time.
Re: Not just people
Does this include premises alarm/fire/security systems? More businesses and dwellings are using wireless to get to the service.
Re: Good Riddens (sic)
Riddance, I I R C.
Yeah. In a very somber ceremony, line 'em up against the wall and shoot 'em - with blanks. See how much fear and sweat they have; see if they need a change of underwear. Maybe he'll think twice when they tell him that next time the victims get to choose the type of bullet - real or blank.
Re: @Jonny Canuck
What I have a problem with is that the (TLA or three-letter acronym) has no problem with kidnappings a real person, but they are seemingly unwilling to do the same thing virtually. I've always heard the warning that it would be 'violating the law.'
In other words why don't those TLAs use offense as 'the best form of defense' instead of kidnapping someone? Instead, just kidnap his botnet, or something similar and just as underhanded as kidnapping. Or am I unaware that it's already being done, but just secretly...
Re: One of these things is not the same as the other...
The thought occurred to me that we are observing a small fraction of a milliradian(?) of the light coming from the SN. Suppose it took 7.7 hours for the light to find a clear path through the debris from the SN, but the neutrinos weren't hampered at all by the debris. Simple explanation, no?
Re: The closely circling black holes are in a galaxy more than four billion light years away
What's amazing is that we're looking at black holes that were happening about the time the earth was formed. Everything about them should be said in the past tense. If we were there at the present time, they may have already died and something else may have taken their place.
"In a galaxy long, long ago and etc."
Re: Call me a science fangrrl if you will
Now you did it! You made me spit coffee all over my keyboard!!
I don't believe the word selfie was in common usage when it landed. But it did take a picture of itself with the robotic arm when it landed, pieced together from several individual photos. You must be named Thomas.
Doubting Thomas. And obviously not a 'boffin.'
The 'other country' that may make it to Mars should first do as we in the U.S. did, put a man on the moon. Once the future generation of boffins understands the extreme challenges of space travel only 240k miles away, then they can proceed to a much more distant planet.
Re: 50% are stupid
Yeah I had that problem with a bunch of supposedly technically savvy guys at work (IT dept). I'd ask them a tech question and they'd look at on another, like what planet did he come from, duh.
I changed social circles; I no longer work there. ;-)
Re: What's the problem?
What really bugs me is this. I bought an item on Amazon. Now most web pages come up with an ad trying to sell me the same item! How useless can they get? I already have what I wanted! Seems like the advertisers are making money off the retailers by selling them worthless data! The customer ultimately ends up paying for it.
Re: What's the problem?
Our Cobol programmers would do that. They'd try different versions until they got the answer the management liked. :-)
Re: What's the problem?
I think a much, much better way of saying it is that Common sense isn't very common.
I think the statistics gurus would laugh! After all, the statistics would just make accommodation if everyone 'got stupid'. We would then have the smartest stupid person, IQ 40, and the stupidest, 20 (barely able to put his pants on) and somewhere in the middle would be "normal". How does it feel being included into a group with a bunch of chimps?!
The old adage...
still holds true: that you should never watch how hot dogs and laws are made.
Re: You couldn't be more wrong
Why don't you stop asking questions and state your position, anonymous coward? Perhaps then we could understand your obliqueness.
Re: If you could buy elections Ross Perot would have won
It levels the playing field. It fights fire with fire by using the same method that the rich use to tilt things in their favor. But it would make more sense if the unions were doing it; this still has a bunch of rich people calling the shots. Just remember that we (U.S.) have the best government that money can buy.
I thought I'd read the comments to find some worthwhile information. Like the song said, "I can't get no.. satis-faction..."
For some reason..
I had the notion that all drug money forfeitures were to be deposited into the US Treasury. Of course how it's spent may be another matter. I love to watch Frontline, next to 60 Minutes it's my fave documentary program.
Re: "equivalent to
I disagree about the random movement. You see, we Southern Californians know about Wrightwood. It lies directly over the San Andreas Fault which periodically has very random movements! We have many earthquakes everyday, most of them being less than 3 magnitude which no one even feels. But I'm sure it affects the laser beam. I just wonder why they chose such a seismically active area for the equipment.
Not as accurate as..
I think the news helicopters have this one beat. They have a camera with a super long zoom lens that has to cope with vibrations in 3 dimensions, yet can zoom in from 500 meters altitude and lock on to a nearly vibrationless view of a person on the ground and easily tell if he's holding a pistol or a microphone. And they don't have any laser beam to guide them.
Now I know why the Norwegian in me likes the fiddly bits of the fjiords... or however it went.
Re: Website policy stupidity
Gee, thanks for your password! :-p
Re: Website policy stupidity
So, put in your wife, gf, or relative's name instead. I suppose that Mickey Mouse would trigger some kind of flag, as would Bart Simpson. Oh, yeah, those are both "Yankified"...
Re: Amen brudder!
Meh... All they have to do is dig through the trash on the first of the month.
Re: Amen brudder!
You forgot the Post-it note on the monitor, or underneath the keyboard. I know from experience.
IT security people are a bunch of I D 10 Ts
not much use...
Because germanium can't be passivated, it's probably not functional now.
Re: The 787 was a risk-averse management boondoggle
I remember when the plans for McD-D aircraft were drawn in pencil on sheets of aluminum painted white. Nowadays, with AutoCAD and other CAD/CAM software, one would think that integration would not be a non-issue.
I remember back when the 707 was new. But when they lengthened it they called it the 720b. There are a lot more numbers between 707 and 797 that can be used... and probably will be.
Re: start paying as much tax as possible
There's something wrong when a company pays just 38 million dollars on incomes of over 21 billion dollars. That's less than 2/10 of a cent per dollar.
Re: Armor up
Thanks for the info.
Re: If they really want to 'badger them'...
Then that becomes the first shot in a war of ddosing and getting banned. Suddenly you won't be able to access anything.
It's the Golden Rule: he who has the golden website makes all the rules.
Just hold off until...
Google, et al get all the cars on the road to drive themselves and the "driver" can ignore what's going on. ;-)
Re: The odds are not too shabby
More like "or so" than 50. The Earth's surface is 5/6 water. That's why those 20 some asteroids every year are not hitting anything important.
Ask the dinosaurs?
Are you kidding? You would get better results talking to a tree!
What's really scary...
is if the impact stirs up so much dust that the atmosphere all over the earth becomes fully loaded with it. Then the whole earth may go through a "nuclear winter."
That should take care of the overpopulation problem, just like it did the dinosaurs.
600 Thousand Americans?
I thought that number was the number of the Chinese workers, mostly at FoxConn, but not American.
Actually it was more like seven hundred thousand..
Their thinking is as dysfunctional as the rest of our government.
it's just business...
No, its the tax laws. Government officials have nothing to do with it.
The IRS doesn't get any money, no matter what they do with it! I don't know if you've noticed it but you don't pay your check to the IRS! I had to pay my check, a measly $12, to the Department of the Treasury.
Sure they can touch the money..
If they're willing to pay the taxes on it when it comes to this country. Cisco also has billions and billions of dollars sitting offshore for the same reason: high taxes.
Re: Peak Apple
Sad and sorry state? I (or any other average Joe for that matter) wished we had the same problem: what to do with all that extra money that we have.
for that information. I didn't know I was helping Google as a carbon based OCR machine. I use WordPress and their anti spam add-on is effective, without any captchas. I just have to empty out the spam folder on occasion. I think only one spam has managed to slip by in the last year. Spammers have something to sell so they have to leave a link and that's what gives them away.
Re: The reason is simple enough
People I know who have a Yahoo email acct have all recently complained about the new Yahoo webmail UI. Yahoo has offered the users surveys to get feedback on how they like/dislike it. So far they seem to have done nothing about the complaints.
Re: You gotta remember
This person seems to have as much trouble nailing accountants to a job description as nailing jelly to a tree.
Good or Bad?
I'm on prepaid unlimited text and data but only a hundred minutes voice. I seldom go over 100 minutes, but when I do they make a big stink. But last month they billed me an additional 6 dollars, which is OK, and the nagging text msgs didn't occur. Maybe the overage will stop. But what concerns me is if they try to put me on a different plan that's more expensive. Then I'll complain, because I'm only paying 30 dollars a month now. I'll NEVER go back to at&t after all the problems I had with them, but I might change to Verizon.
The NSA and the GCHQ are on our side.
It's a major concern that almost all cell phones are talking over equipment made by state owned company Huawei.
The virtual world is going to catch up with the real world. there needs to be a supreme agency to monitor and control the Internet access of every country. If this 'advanced persistent threat' continues to be a problem, CLICK! No more internet access. If the country's providers are unwilling to take care of the problem, then CLICK! They lose Internet access too. That shouldn't be that big a problem because China right now does not allow their users much internet access. More than a billion people, and the truth is hidden from them behind the Great Firewall.
they have disassemblers, don't they?
So they may come up with something like that for translating Cobol into another language.
Re: COBOL - Yuck!
I Remember hearing the the screaming of the line printer, coming to a halt and then seeing one of the programmers reach down and pick up 6 inches of green bar so he could see what was wrong. After several iterations of this the printer seemed to quiet down for quite a while. He must be back at his desk trying to figure out what the compiler dump printout said. All in a day's work I guess. I always knew that it was the programmers because the first page always had their name on it instead of a program name! The programmers must have decimated hundreds of square miles of forest with their printouts!
I'd like to run Photoshop without a built-in coffee break!
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